GIVE service learning program


GIVE programGIVE (formerly known as the state's Governor’s Initiative for Voluntary Excellence) is a student-run Service Learning program in which students perform community service and take classes to help them reflect on that service.

GIVE brings students together to share their reflection and service experiences, helping them to make real choices, solve real problems, and keep real commitments.

GIVE demands that students connect their academic learning to an expanded awareness of the outside world, including the needs of the handicapped, the elderly, the poor, and the environment.

Active GIVE students must complete a minimum of 6 service hours and six reflection credits per quarter (every 10 weeks). This program is not mandatory; therefore it is something in which students choose to participate.

Here's the flyer showing the programs being offered in 2013-14 (PDF).

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What are the requirements?
Each GIVE participant must complete six (6) reflections credits each quarter. In order to receive credit, the participant MUST turn in a response document for each class attended. Most reflections take place on Wednesdays during school in room B-2.

Who needs to do reflections?
EVERY GIVE participant must do reflections to remain in GIVE.

What if I can’t attend reflections classes?
There are plenty of independent reflections options that you can do on your own at home. Information is available in the GIVE office.

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What is a portfolio?
We make a portfolio folder for you and keep it in room B-2. It serves as a record of your GIVE service. Each time you turn in a reflection response document, we review and put it in your portfolio.

Who needs a portfolio?
Every GIVE participant needs a portfolio. At the end of each year, all students must participate in a portfolio review. Many students also use their portfolios for college/scholarship interviews.

What goes in a portfolio?
Each reflection response document you complete goes in your portfolio, along with any pictures, craft projects, or mementos from your service.

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GIVE PROGRAMS (download this list in PDF)

Adaptive Sports: Students volunteer on weekends with the Tops Soccer, STRIDE Tennis, and Fast Break Basketball programs helping youths with disabilities participate in sports.

ARC: Groups of students spend one evening per week at group homes for the mentally challenged. They play games, create crafts, and establish and maintain good friendships with home residents.

Beverage Recycling: GIVE students coordinate the recycling of beverage bottles and cans throughout the school. Students meet twice a month to collect and sort.

Bear Hugs: Students meet weekly with community elders to knit hats and sweaters for teddy bears.
The bears are then dressed and hugged at ARC group homes, senior housing or nursing homes. The finished bears are donated to individuals who are experiencing difficult times and loss.

Bridge to Friendship: Students visit elders at Baptist Retirement Center every other Sunday afternoon to play games, share activities and make friends.

Brothers: High school students interact with Sacandaga Elementary School students who may need a friend.

Buddies: Groups of dedicated students spend at least one study hall per week assisting in the High School’s BOCES classroom.

Holyrood: Students visit the Holyrood House for adults once per week after school. They plan and carry out a variety of activities with the elders.

Homework Helpers: GIVE members help students at Sacandaga elementary schools with their homework twice per week after school. They form lasting relationships as they see the growth they foster.

Library Helpers: Students volunteer once a week at the Sacandaga library.

Mission Meals: Students visit the City Mission every other week to serve the Community Meal and interact with those who need a nutritious meal and a friendly face.

Mission Treats: Students prepare desserts to be served at the City Mission Community Meal by those in the Mission Meals program.

Reading Buddies: On Tuesday and Wednesday right after school students walk to Sacandaga Elementary and read one on one to kindergarten students until they are dismissed at 3:05.

Recycling: GIVE students coordinate a year round school wide paper-recycling program.

Regional Food Bank: Twice a month, students go to the Regional Food Bank in Latham to help sort and package food.

Sisters: High school students interact with Sacandaga Elementary School students who may need a friend.

STEP: Volunteers care for the horses in the STEP program and assist the special needs individuals in the therapeutic horseback riding lessons.

Special Events: Volunteers help in numerous school and community activities throughout the year including,
Toys for Tots, Dinner with Santa, Holiday Hunger Appeal, Fabulous Fridays and many more

Special Friends: GIVE students work with teenage students with mild developmental disabilities at the Middle School.

Sunnyview: Students visit a local rehabilitation facility to work with children and young adult residents weekly.

Warm Welcome: Students pair up with new high school students to help them transition to SGHS

The file above in the Adobe Reader PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it for free here.

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Still have questions about GIVE?
Contact GIVE Coordinator Bruce Kohout, for more information.  The GIVE office telephone number is 518-386-4357/347-3600 Ext. 66101.

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